India’s top court fines celebrated rights lawyer token one rupee

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NEW DELHI — India’s top court imposed a symbolic one rupee fine (one US cent) Monday on a celebrated public service lawyer for contempt in a case that raised concern about free speech in the world’s largest democracy.

Prashant Bhushan, 63, was convicted in August for two tweets deemed critical of the judiciary –including one showing a picture of the chief justice astride a Harley-Davidson motorbike.

Following Monday’s sentencing, Bhushan tweeted a photo of him holding a one rupee coin — saying his lawyer and senior colleague Rajiv Dhavan had given him the money.

Bhushan had been ordered to pay the fine by mid-September or face three months in jail and a suspension from t…

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